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REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED. At the door registration starts at 8am at the East entrance of the LAIR (building 6) at Spokane Community College. First come, first served as space allows. 

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The 4th Annual Inland Northwest Small Farms Conference, Farm-a-Palouse-A, is about food and farming for everyone! Before you register, view the agenda or course matrix to get an idea of which classes you'd like to attend. Registration will prompt you to select your intended classes. Click here to view the course matrix. 

Click here to view the program
with course descriptions and speaker bios!

Date: November 1, 2014
Location: Spokane Community College
Hosted by: SCD, WSU Extension, and Spokane Community College Ag & Hort Club.
Cost: $50 individual, $80 per pair, $25 for students with student ID. 
Scholarship funding available for Veterans' Honorable Service, Financial Need and Personal Translators. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, contact erica-vannatta@sccd.org.  

AGENDA
8:00 a.m.     Registration/Check-in, Light Breakfast

8:30 a.m.     General Session - Spokane Conservation District Annual Meeting: What can SCD do for you? Technical Assistance, Cost-share and more services are available to Small Farmers. 

9:30 a.m.     Concurrent Sessions 1
Spokane Urban Ag Ordinances, Social Media Panel, Butchery (2 hr course), Heirloom Vegetables, Equipment and Mechanics

10:30 a.m.   Concurrent Sessions 2
Keeping Noxious Weeds Out of Your Pasture, WSDA Green Book and Cottage Food Law, Butchery (2 hr course), Growing Small Fruit, Making Bio-Control Work in Hoop House Production

11:30 a.m.    Lunch and Vendor Fair

12:30 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions 3
What's New for You in the 2014 Farm Bill?, Visual Business Planning (2hr course), Raising Meat Rabbits for Fun & Profit, Permaculture, Forest Management

1:30 p.m.     Concurrent Sessions 4 
Small Farm Insurance: What you Need to know!, Visual Business Planning (2hr course), Infrastructure-Site Layout, Alternative Gardening, Planning for Farm Emergencies

2:30 p.m.     Afternoon Break and Vendor Fair

2:50 p.m.     Concurrent Sessions 5 
The Farm Stand: Accounting Made Easy, Marketing Case Study:Grass Fed Beef Marketing, Large Carnivores and Farming, High Tunnels: What can they do for you?, Multi-Purpose Herbs

3:50 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions 6 
WA Employment Standards, Idaho Unemployment Insurance, Selling Online, Grazing, Hydroponic Vegetable Production, Food Preservation Methods: An Overview. 

4:50 p.m.     Farewell and Prizes

Sponsors and Vendors:

Join us Farm-a-Palouse-A! Click here to learn more about what this event means to vendors. We are dependent on our sponsors and booth vendors to make the INW Small Farms Conference possible. Your support goes toward scholarships and advertising. The registrant fee goes toward food and facilities. With your help, we can get the word out about this highly educational conference for farmers and those interested in urban homesteading or rural life.

Please fill out this sponsor/vendor agreement. If you have any questions, call 509-535-7274 or email erica-vannatta@sccd.org

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Thanks to our 2014 Sponsors!

       

     

 


Small Acreage program helps property owners of less than 100 acres with technical assistance, education, and information for smaller tracts of land. 

"We often find that smaller tracts are not commercially viable in the normal sense of the word,” stated Pat Munts, Small Acreage Coordinator. “Small acreages are often ‘too small’ to attract larger commercial ag operators.  As a result, the landowner is left in a quandary of what to do with the 19 acres of noxious weeds sounding the one-acre of residential landscaping?  Keep in mind that our state law requires landowners to control noxious weeds, which can be an expensive endeavor if a commercial applicator has to be hired."

These are just some of the challenges facing landowners in Spokane County. Our goal of this new Small Acreage Program will be to provide educational and technical assistance to those landowners living on less than 100 acres that wish to better utilize the potential of the land to raise livestock, crops or both.

Resources:

10 Ways to Protect Bees from Pesticides 

Spokane County Weed Board,  toxic plants.

Financial Incentives from USDA NRCS to complete projects on your farm

How to Test Hay for Nutrients

 

 

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